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Titan Missile Museum

Sahuarita, Arizona, United States

The Titan Missile Museum is a former ICBM missile site that now offers tours to the public. It contains a genuine Titan II missile in its original silo.

Peta Stamper

20 Jul 2021
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About Titan Missile Museum

The Titan Missile Museum is a cold-war underground missile silo turned public museum in Arizona, United States, which still contains an actual Titan II missile.

Once a functioning Titan II base, the Titan Missile Museum allows visitors to explore the realities of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch site. The complex is made up of an eight-level missile silo and a three-level launch centre.

Titan Missile Museum history

During the Cold War, both the US and the USSR built up an armoury of ICBMs and these high-security underground launch sites became one of the most memorable symbols of the conflict. There were 54 Titan II missile sites in the US with the last site being deactivated in 1987.

Officially opened in 1963, the Titan Missile Museum complex was initially known as Titan II ICBM Site 571-7.

Titan Missile Museum today

Today visitors to the Titan Missile Museum can choose from a number of tour options with activities including a visit to the control center, taking part in a simulated launch and exploring the missile silo itself.

A number of additional tour options are available, usually on specific dates. The ‘Beyond the Blastdoor’ tour, on the first and third Saturday each month, offers access to normally restricted areas. ‘Tuesdays at Titan’ is a special tour that takes place on Tuesdays at 2pm where the tour guide is a member of the missile crew.

An extended 5 hour ‘Top to Bottom’ tour takes you through every level of the facility while the ‘Moonlight Madness’ tour is a night time tour with special activities for children. Check the official Titan Missile Museum website for tour dates and prices.

Getting to the Titan Missile Museum

The easiest way of reaching Titan Missile Museum is by driving. From Tucson, take I-19 south toward Green Valley and Nogales and exit I-19 at Duval Mine Road (exit 69). Turn west (right) on Duval Mine Road. Follow the signs to the Titan Missile National Historic Landmark.

The entrance to the museum is on the north (right) side of the road approximately 1/10th mile past the intersection of La Canada and Duval Mine Road.

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